Important tool to control public health risk
Osceola County, Florida – In response to excessive rainfall, Osceola County Mosquito Control plans to begin aerial spraying of approximately 25,000 acres Tuesday, July 18th, between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight for the following communities:
· Hickory Tree
· South Narcoossee
· Fortune Road
· Deer Park
· Yeehaw Junction
- Kissimmee Park Road
- Boggy Creek
In the event weather prohibits aerial treatment, alternate days will be July 19th through August 2nd, within the same timeframe. Mosquito Control will continue to provide ground treatment via spray truck throughout the County as weather permits. Note: Ground treatments are not conducted when it is raining or if the winds are at 10 miles per hour or greater.
Aerial spraying is important in controlling the mosquito population, as the insects pose a public health risk.
The Osceola County Health Department recommends citizens check rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and flush out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.
Drain and Cover:
· Don’t go outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.
· DRESS to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants
· Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.
· DUMP any container around your home that is able to hold water
If you would like to log a service request, please contact Mosquito Control at 407-742-0200. Please provide your name, phone number and address, and staff will perform a site inspection of the area to determine treatment options.